During their reign of terror from 1975 to 1978, the Khmer Rouge murdered 1.7-million Cambodians. Last week, two former leaders of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge appeared before a group of journalists to apologize and atone for their role in the wholesale slaughter of their countrymen. They did neither.
Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan muttered a barely audible, half-hearted apology, and suggested that Cambodians "let bygones be bygones." Nuon Chea, who is responsible for a wave of purges that resulted in the torture and execution of thousands of Cambodians, said his countrymen should forget the past and focus on the present.
The Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot died last year before he could be brought to justice. His two henchmen deserve to be held accountable for their crimes against humanity. Forget the past, they say. Forget hell, we say.